CHAMPION jockey Kieren Fallon returned to racing today, a day after being freed on bail by British police investigating allegations of widespread corruption and race fixing.
Fallon was released on bail late on Wednesday after being quizzed for 12 hours by detectives probing the suspected fixing of more than 80 horse races over the past two years.
Another 15 people, including jockeys Darren Williams and Fergal Lynch as well as trainer Karl Burke, were also arrested in raids on 19 addresses around the country.
All those arrested have now been given bail and will return to a police station in London two months from now, City of London Police, the force leading the investigation, said, says Fox Sports.
According to the Independent, but at yesterday's meeting in Salisbury - the sort of bread and butter provincial racing, with titles such as the Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, that keeps bookmakers in business - there was little doubt that Fallon retained the admiration of the crowd, if only for turning up to work after a day in the cells of a Suffolk police station.
As he entered the paddock for his first race, one onlooker shouted: "Go on Kieren, don't let the scum get you down."
Bookmakers on the course, which sits within sight of the tip of Salisbury cathedral's soaring steeple, reported increased betting on the Queen's 39-year-old jockey of choice at the day's temple to gambling.
One Newmarket-based trainer, who asked not to be named "because racing really is a very small world", said: "I say fair play to Kieren for getting straight back in the saddle. If they had enough evidence against him, they should have charged him. He is not the sort of man who is ever going to hide away from adversity. He's more likely to punch it on the nose."
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